Boston March for Babies Q&A

| Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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Boston, MA, May 04, 2016 —

Boston March for Babies Q&A

It’s finally here! Boston March for Babies is this Saturday, May 7th at the Hatch Shell, rain or shine! We are ready for your arrival and want to help you prepare for a great experience.  Below are some commonly asked questions.

Where do I park?
The closest and most convenient parking is at the Boston Common Garage. It is $10 on weekends to park for up to an hour, $14 for 1-3 hours, and $18 for over three hours. Directions can be found on their website. Please note, parking in this garage can fill up fast, especially on a nice day. To get from the garage to the DCR Hatch Shell, walk north on Charles Street towards Beacon Hill, take a left on Beacon Street, take a right onto David Mugar Way and cross the footbridge. It can take about 15 minutes to walk from the Common Garage to the DCR Hatch Shell.  Parking in Boston is tight so plan ahead and arrive with plenty of time to park and get to the DCR Hatch Shell. Alternative parking garage is the Charles Street Parking Garage.

You will NOT be able to park on Storrow Drive. You will be allowed to drop off on Storrow Drive in front of the DCR Hatch Shell between 8:30am and 9:30am, but a driver has to stay with the vehicle at all times.

What is the closest T stop?
The Charles/MGH Stop on the red line is the closest T stop. To get from the T stop to the DCR Hatch Shell, head south on Charles Street towards Massachusetts 3AS, continue onto Cambridge Street, take a left onto Charles Street, sharp right on to Silver Place, cross the footbridge and take the path to the DCR Hatch Shell

What is Registration and do I need to check in there if I already registered online?
Registration begins at 9:00 am. You should visit the registration tent if you have any money to turn in; if you have not registered and need to do so; or if you’ve raised $100 or more, you can claim your T-shirt at the Registration tent. If you registered online, have money to turn in, and/or raised $100+, please print out your electronic sponsor form and bring it with you on May 7th.  You will need that form to claim your T-shirt.

What is Circle of Champions Registration and how do I qualify?
Every walker who fundraises $1,000 or more becomes a Circle of Champions member, and is eligible to receive a key to a treasure chest and a chance to unlock prizes at the event, sponsored by Premier Ultrasound. You must raise $1,000 by May 5th in order to receive a key. Make sure to print your online sponsor form and check in at the Circle of Champions Registration Table. Here you will receive special recognition and your keys to the treasure chest. Visit the Premier Ultrasound tent throughout the day to see if your key unlocks a prize.

What are incentives?
Every walker who raises $100 or more is eligible for incentives, including a T-shirt which will be distributed at March for Babies. You will receive an email with instructions on how to claim and order all other incentives. They will then they will be mailed to you after the walk. Please note, only registered walkers who fundraise are eligible for incentives. Donors who have given $100 or more to you as a walker are NOT eligible for incentives, nor are teams who raised $100 or more. You have until June 30th to submit all of your donations to qualify for incentives.

Team Photos
We will be taking team photos at the Start Line from 9:00 am to 9:45 am, and after walk from 11:00 am - 12:15pm. Please stop by to get your team photo taken. Photos will be posted on our Flickr page. The link will be emailed to you and posted on our Facebook page.

What is this Superhero Tent I keep hearing about?
Our good friends at ViaCord are sponsoring the superhero tent! There will be fun activities including superhero capes, a photo station, superhero training activities, face painting, and more so don’t forget to stop by.

How long is the walk route?
The route is about 3 miles and begins at the DCR Hatch Shell. Dogs are allowed, but they need to be on leashes and please pick up after your dog. Please make sure you and your family enjoy some time at the playground right before the Mass Ave. Bridge.  

What if I can't attend the Walk?
You are welcome to be a virtual walker. Virtual walkers who register and fundraise are also eligible for incentives. Virtual walkers can choose a route of their own and walk at a time that is most convenient.

What do we do after the Walk?
Have fun! Enjoy food provided by Papa Gino’s, water from Polar Beverages, activities such as face painting, Home Depot crafts, jugglers, characters, stop by the Superhero Tent, and enjoy the music of DJ Kevin O’Connell.

Will the Walk be postponed if it rains?
The walk will not be postponed due to rain. Dress warm, bring an umbrella and we will see you there! You can contact the local March of Dimes office at 508-329-2800 if you have any questions.

See you Saturday!

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

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